England set Kiwis 267-run target in dead rubber

Out of contention for the finals, defending champions England set New Zealand a target of 267 in their inconsequential Super Six stage match of the Women's cricket World Cup here today.

England and last edition's runners-up New Zealand were knocked out of the tournament after West Indies upstaged Australia in another Super Six match today to enter the final.
The Caribbeans will again take on Australia in the final on February 17.

In the ongoing match, Sarah Taylor, who had flopped in the series with just 35 against India, was fluent and made 88 off 77 balls.

Her knock was laced with 15 fours and a six in the dead rubber. Her 89-minute stay came to an end when she was caught at mid-off by Nicola Browne off Suzie Bates.

Incidentally, the keeper-bat was caught off a no ball from New Zealand skipper Bates when she was on 69.

Opting to bat, the Charlotte Edward-led England side started well and the opening pair pout together 59, before Nicola Browne took a brilliant low catch to dismiss Danielle Wyatt, who had struck five fours in her 27.

Skipper and opener Edwards faced 83 balls and notched up 54 that was studded with nine fours but her 109 minutes in the middle ended when she was caught at point off Browne.

After the first three partnerships had shared a stand of over 50 runs, the England innings stuttered a bit and lost Laura Marsh (11), Arran Brindle (1) and Lydia Greenway for just 42 runs.

For New Zealand, left-arm bowler Morna Nielsen and offie Lucy Doolan shone with the ball and scalped two wickets each. They were supported by Bates and Browne, who picked up one wicket apiece.

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